Lifeforms (album)

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Lifeforms
FSOL Lifeforms.jpg
Studio album by The Future Sound of London
Released 16 May 1994[1]
Genre Ambient dub
Length 92:33
Label
Producer The Future Sound of London
The Future Sound of London chronology
Tales of Ephidrina
(1993)Tales of Ephidrina1993
Lifeforms
(1994)
ISDN
(1995)ISDN1995
Full cover picture
The "Witch Girl" in a desert landscape
The "Witch Girl" in a desert landscape

Lifeforms is the second studio album by British electronica group The Future Sound of London. The album was released on 16 May 1994 by Virgin Records and later by Astralwerks. With time, it has become their best-known album and is considered to be an important and influential classic of avant-garde electronic music.[2]

Background[edit]

The Future Sound of London began work on the album around the same time as they were finishing Tales of Ephidrina, and the more complex, ambient direction they were taking resulted in Lifeforms.[3] The artwork also progressed from previous works, with soon-to-be familiar images of the "Witch Girl" Sheuneen Ta and the "Spike" computer model having been previously used on the group's Cascade EP.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (neither)[4]
Sputnikmusic 5/5[5]

Lifeforms achieved commercial success and produced hit singles such as "Cascade" and "Lifeforms". The album was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for over 60,000 units sold.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Future Sound of London (Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans), except where noted.

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Cascade"   5:59
2. "Ill Flower"   3:24
3. "Flak"
  • Cobain
  • Dougans
  • Robert Fripp
  • Andrew Grossart
  • Trevor Nightingale
  • William Thomson
  • Paul Williams
4:53
4. "Bird Wings"   1:30
5. "Dead Skin Cells"   6:50
6. "Lifeforms"   5:18
7. "Eggshell"   6:45
8. "Among Myselves"   5:52
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Domain"   2:48
2. "Spineless Jelly"   4:41
3. "Interstat"   0:55
4. "Vertical Pig"   6:44
5. "Cerebral"   3:30
6. "Life Form Ends"   5:03
7. "Vit"   6:48
8. "Omnipresence"
6:39
9. "Room 208"   6:12
10. "Elaborate Burn"   3:15
11. "Little Brother"   5:13

Personnel[edit]

  • The Future Sound of London – production, writing
Additional musicians
Additional personnel
  • The Future Sound of London – art direction
  • Buggy G. Riphead – art direction
  • Peter Atkinson – photography
  • Stephen Marks – photography
  • P. Knott – photography
  • Alistair Shay – photography
  • Martin Poole – photography
  • Olaf Wendt – CGI design
  • Rob Manley – A&R

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Future-Sound-Of-London-Lifeforms/release/8067
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Lifeforms – The Future Sound of London". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Future Sound of London". Clash. 2 September 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "The Future Sound of London: Lifeforms". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Mikesn (7 February 2009). "The Future Sound of London – Lifeforms (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2018.

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